John Franklin, QB, South Plantation
Ht:  6-0  Wt:  190  Class: 2013
Recruiting Buzz: After losing fifth-year senior quarterback EJ Manuel this offseason, the Seminoles decided to bring in one stylistically similar, albeit much smaller, signal-caller in this class. Franklin is a dual-threat star who carried South Plantation High into the FHSAA playoffs this past season.
Rankings 247 Composite:
National overall: No. 999; National by position: No. 29; State overall: 146


 

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(CHRIS HAYS/ORLANDO SENTINEL / February 6, 2013)

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State just received its 15th letter of intent of the day, and the 18th overall commitment of the 2013 signing class. It came from quarterback John Franklin. The former South Plantation High standout is a dual-threat signal-caller.

John Franklin, QB, Fort Lauderdale (South Plantation)

Ht:  6-2  Wt:  175 Class: 2013

Recruiting Buzz: After losing fifth-year senior quarterback EJ Manuel this offseason, the Seminoles decided to bring in one stylistically similar, albeit much smaller, signal-caller in this class. Franklin is a dual-threat star who carried South Plantation High into the FHSAA playoffs this past season.

Rankings 247 Composite: 0.8377

National overall: NA, National by position: No. 29, State overall: No. 146

Committed: Nov. 1, 2012

Originally recruited by: Eddie Gran

Stars: Three (per 247Sports.com's composite score)

40-yard dash: 4.38 seconds (per Rivals.com)

Shuttle: 4.37 (per Rivals.com)

Vertical: 34 inches (per Rivals.com)

Analysis: The dual-threat quarterback appears to fit one model of the Jimbo Fisher quarterback. Specifically, he has some hybrid ability; the hallmark of signal-callers Fisher usually goes after. He can run past defenders at any point and throw deep downfield and in spots where they can't catch the football at others. In addition to his apparent penchant for precise passes and pocket escapability, he had experience operating both under center and behind center in shotgun formations. A standout at South Plantation High, he led the Paladins to a 9-2 record and a trip to the FHSAA playoffs this past season. The offense couldn't get going in the Regional Quarterfinal against Miramar, though, and lost, 3-0.

Size is one issue for Franklin. He's probably a couple of inches shorter and several pounds lighter than the types of quarterbacks the Seminoles might normally take such long, hard looks at. Currently, he's probably most comparable to Clint Trickett, the rising fourth-year junior who will begin the spring season as the Seminoles' starter at the position. Fisher's last two starting quarterbacks, though, EJ Manuel and Christian Ponder, were taller than 6-foot-4 and well past 200 pounds. Both could move well with their weight and height.

Moving well, though, is one thing. Franklin does more than that. He's elusive, shifty, athletic and quick. If his 4.38 40-yard dash time is to be believed (which on film, it seems hard to dispute it's accuracy), then Franklin may be so fast that there may be another position out there calling. After all, there are several former dual-threat quarterbacks on the team who are playing other positions.

At FSU, assuming he does stay at quarterback for the long-haul, Franklin will be right in the mix with young signal-callers Jameis Winston, Jacob Coker and Sean Maguire. Winston and/or Coker could beat out Trickett for the starting job by the fall. If that happens, that victor likely will become the quarterback of FSU's immediate future, and would be groomed to start the next couple of seasons. To that end, Franklin is the only committed quarterback in this class. He is the only current target, too. The log-jam of good quarterbacks ahead of him is a big reason why.

 

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